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4 Well-known People in the Ski Industry

4 Well-known People in the Ski Industry

If you possess an affinity for that cold, white powdery stuff on the mountains in the wintertime, you likely get an itch to head to the slopes once it flies. And, if you’re “in the know” in the industry, you’ll likely determine some of the people highlighted in this post. While they are each known for various things, one thing unites them: their interest for snow sports!

Doug Coombs
A “steep” in skiing refers to any slope with a pitch greater than 45 degrees, and Doug Coombs loved them. He married Emily Coombs and together they opened the Doug Coombs Steep Skiing Camps Worldwide in the United States. He worked to guide others down steeps, mentoring and expanding their ski experiences. In April of 2006, while skiing with friends in France, one of them fell off a cliff. Doug also fell to his death while attempting to locate and help him. Even though he’s been gone for more than 10 years now, his legacy lives on. Created in 2013, the Doug Coombs Foundation focuses on blending social classes by offering children who can’t afford it the opportunity to enjoy adventure in the outdoors. Coombs was a man of determination, discipline and grit. To find out more about his story and his legacy that continues today, check out dougcoombsfoundation.com or look into the biography of his life, Tracking the Wild Coomba by Robert Cocuzzo.

Kim Reichhelm
A woman who has made a name for herself in adventure skiing, Kim founded Women’s Ski Adventures in 1989 to help women have a good time on skis and improve their technique, and later started Steep Skiing Camps geared toward offering exciting opportunities for expert skiers who want to take it to the next level. She was a winner of the World Extreme Skiing Championship twice, and is also known for dominating the North American, South American, and World Extreme Skiing titles all within the same year. She has worked in the industry for all of her professional life, and she organizes heliskiing adventures for groups in Chile, Japan, Iceland, and Alaska. She’s strong, independent, and dedicated, and you can find out more about her (or ski with her!) at skiwithkim.com.

Jake Burton Carpenter
This man is sort of the father of modern snowboarding. He established Burton snowboards in 1977, and named the company after his middle name. The design of his snowboard began as a spoof on what was named the “Snurfer,” a single board with a rope attached. At first he built each board strenuously, with the first board sporting aluminum fins at the back (which were later replaced by refining the board edges). He continues to value the input of people that make use of his tools, making adjustments and modifications to offer the very best product. On a final note, he also built Chill in 1995, a nonprofit organization in the United States and Canada. This is a way he’s rendering, and Chill provides chances for children to learn the ways to snowboard (and other sports that use a board, too) who might otherwise not have the opportunity to do so. For more information about Jake, browse through any (or all!) of these links.


Alf Engen
Born in Norway, Alf was named a ski jumper when he came to the United States at the age of 19. After only a short time, he stayed in Utah, where he lived for the next 66 years until his death in 1997. Once here, he came to be an alpine skier, and is remembered as a pioneer in powder skiing. He became involved at Alta Ski Resort, and was engaged with the ski school there. In addition, he was also in charge of helping to open several other ski resorts in the United States. Alf won several ski awards, coached the 1948 United States Olympic team in Switzerland, and worked with the Deseret News Free Ski School. Have a look at these three YouTube clips if you want some additional information about this great man.

https:// m.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ4VZiWTlmI

Many of us don’t ski with the same level of intensity, life dedication, and passion as these four folks, but it’s still something we love and take pleasure in doing solo or with friends and family. Let us come along for the ride and provide transportation if you’ve organized a group ski trip. Utilizing a coach for this type of outing is perfect because we have adequate storage for all the gear you’ve got, there’s power and WiFi on board for when you’re in transit, and it’s great to have someone accessible to do the driving when you’re tired at the end of a great day on the slopes. We love being part of the adventure and fun that’s on your calendar, so get in touch with us today!

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